The Japan Times

The face of immigration is rapidly changing in Japan

The face of immigration is rapidly changing in Japan

Over the past half decade, major changes have taken place in the demographics of foreign residents in Japan. Weekly Playboy’s Dec. 18 issue devoted a ...
Media reports de-romanticize the cleanup work on the Fukushima nuclear power plant

Media reports de-romanticize the cleanup work on the Fukushima nuclear power plant

Most of the reliable reporting about the clean-up of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant since it suffered three meltdowns in March 2011 has ...
‘Because I’m a Mom’ children’s song sends vexed mothers the wrong message

‘Because I’m a Mom’ children’s song sends vexed mothers the wrong message

What was meant to be a much-needed pat on the back for mothers has done more harm than good. In Hulu’s original children’s program “Dai! ...
Heroism and the changing state of morality

Heroism and the changing state of morality

Every age breeds its own morality. One era’s good is another’s evil. Today’s virtue is tomorrow’s vice, today’s wisdom tomorrow’s stupidity, today’s sanity tomorrow’s madness.For ...
‘Too early’ for inter-Korean summit, Moon says, urging talks between Washington and Pyongyang

‘Too early’ for inter-Korean summit, Moon says, urging talks between Washington and Pyongyang

Ending the suspense, South Korean President Moon Jae-in uses an old proverb to signal that the idea of rushing into a summit with nemesis North ...
Tax-filing season starts with a bang as Moritomo protests hit agency branches nationwide

Tax-filing season starts with a bang as Moritomo protests hit agency branches nationwide

Protesters kick off tax-filing season with demonstrations in major cities aimed at getting the chief of the National Tax Agency to resign over the Moritomo ...
Government OKs hiking optional pension age to 71

Government OKs hiking optional pension age to 71

With Japan short on labor, the government approves an outline for hiking the age at which public pension payments can start to 71 or older.
Florida shooting survivors become advocates for stronger weapon laws

Florida shooting survivors become advocates for stronger weapon laws

Dead bodies were still inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when survivors of this week’s shooting began speaking out about gun violence. It seemed as ...

Brawling family of 23 removed from Australian cruise ship

Twenty-three members of the same family have been removed from a cruise ship near Sydney after a brawl that left several injured, reports said, just ...
South Korean songs allowed to be played in public at Pyongyang event

South Korean songs allowed to be played in public at Pyongyang event

North Korea has allowed songs from the South to be played in public for the first time in years, state media said Saturday, as a ...
Teen shogi whiz Sota Fujii wins Tokyo tourney, toppling legendary master Yoshiharu Habu

Teen shogi whiz Sota Fujii wins Tokyo tourney, toppling legendary master Yoshiharu Habu

Shattering age records for championships and promotions, teen shogi phenom Sota Fujii blitzes the field at the Asahi Cup tournament, defeating legendary master Yoshiharu Habu ...
Russian campaign rocked American political landscape with fake IDs, fraud and Facebook posts

Russian campaign rocked American political landscape with fake IDs, fraud and Facebook posts

A year before Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy, two Russian operatives landed in the United States to lay groundwork for an intelligence operation targeting ...
Failure to avert school shooting adds to pressure on FBI

Failure to avert school shooting adds to pressure on FBI

The revelation that the FBI botched a potentially life-saving tip on the Florida school shooting suspect is a devastating blow to America’s top law enforcement ...
U.S. special counsel’s indictments of Russians could set stage for charges against Americans

U.S. special counsel’s indictments of Russians could set stage for charges against Americans

An indictment Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller of 13 Russian individuals and three organizations for allegedly interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election sets ...
Florida student’s grandfather survived 1949 mass shooting in New Jersey

Florida student’s grandfather survived 1949 mass shooting in New Jersey

A student who survived the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday, hid in a closet — just like her grandfather did ...
First victims of Florida school shooting buried

First victims of Florida school shooting buried

A father’s grief and anger boiled over Friday as the first victims of the Florida high school massacre were buried.With more than 1,000 mourners, including ...

Cyberattacks are costly, and things could get worse: U.S. report

Cyberattacks cost the United States between $57 billion and $109 billion in 2016, a White House report said Friday, warning of a “spillover” effect for ...
Romney announces bid for Senate seat

Romney announces bid for Senate seat

Former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is running for a Utah Senate seat, officially launching his political comeback attempt Friday by praising his adopted home state ...
Melania shuns cameras as second woman alleges Trump affair

Melania shuns cameras as second woman alleges Trump affair

U.S. first lady Melania Trump on Friday chose not to leave the White House with her husband as planned to catch a flight to Florida, ...
Moon’s chief of staff takes center stage in inter-Korean detente

Moon’s chief of staff takes center stage in inter-Korean detente

In 1989, a 22-year-old South Korean student caused an uproar when she sneaked into North Korea and was filmed advocating for unification and meeting leader ...